News update: Friday 14 September


Extensive critical acclaim rolls in for exported Kiwi theatre

New Zealand’s most successful theatrical export, Pop-up Globe has taken Sydney by storm, with influential critic John Shand from The Age declaring its production of Macbeth as the best they’ve ever seen.

Starring two of New Zealand’s finest actors, Stephen Lovatt and Amanda Billing, the adulations don’t stop at this glowing review with Lovatt described as “absolute theatrical dynamite” by Australian Stage and the Tom Mallaburn-directed tragedy as “an altogether new feast for the senses in its boldly theatrical use of this wonderful performance space”.

The Sydney media has heaped praise on Pop-up Globe’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with every indication this production will be a blockbuster hit. Containing 20% te reo Maori, spoken by the mischievous fairies in the woods, Australian Stage said this production is “a remarkable achievement in out-of-the-box theatre making” with The Sydney Morning Herald saying it’s “as rollicking and immersive a production of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy has has ever romped across a modern stage.”

Pop-up Globe’s presentation of bonkers farce The Comedy of Errors also won its fair share of praise. Arts Review describes it as “the chance to jump in a time machine and experience something magical”, and Broadway World Sydney says it is “highly entertaining”.

Creator and artistic director Dr Miles Gregory is thrilled with Sydney’s reception of Pop-up Globe, which has popped up at the heart of the city’s Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.

“The reviews are world-class,” says Dr Gregory. “As an artist, I couldn’t ask for greater recognition for the work we’ve created. I am honoured that Sydney has embraced us with such enthusiasm.”

“I am very proud of our whole company as ambassadors for New Zealand arts and culture.”

Since its inception in Auckland less than three years ago, over 500,000 people have seen one of the Bard’s masterpieces in Auckland, at the company’s first international season in Melbourne, and now in Sydney.

The Sydney season has been extended until December 2.


News update: Friday 27 July, 2pm

Statement from Pop-up Globe Auckland.

At Pop-up Globe we strive to make work that brings unity, joy and hope.

The response to our upcoming Auckland season has made us think about how we can do this better.

So we’re making a change.

From today we are making a commitment to cast equal numbers of male and female actors for every new Auckland season.

In the 2018/19 Auckland season of The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Measure for Measure, and Hamlet, 14 women and 14 men will make up two 50:50 gender-balanced casts.

In any future seasons we will work within this commitment to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the work we produce, celebrating and sharing the magic of Shakespeare’s plays.

There may be different gender balances for individual productions, but there will be 50:50 gender balance on stage during a season.

We appreciate this is a change to our published casting. If you purchased a ticket to The Taming of the Shrew or Richard III and wish to have a refund please contact our ticketing partner Eventfinda on 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) or See terms and conditions below.

Thank you to everyone who has given us their feedback. We’re very grateful.

Kind regards,

Dr Miles Gregory
Artistic Director & Founder, Pop-up Globe

Terms & conditions:

1. Refund is valid to ticket purchasers who purchased a ticket to The Taming of the Shrew or Richard III before Friday 3 August 2018.
2. To action refund, ticket purchasers must contact Eventfinda on 0800 BUY TIX or email before Friday 31 August. After this time Eventfinda’s regular refund policy applies and no refunds will be made.
3. Applications for refunds not complying with these terms and conditions will be invalid. Pop-up Globe accepts no responsibility for incorrectly completed, lost, delayed or unprocessed online purchases.
4. Pop-up Globe reserves the right to extend, cancel or amend the refund terms and conditions at any time.